Electronic Arts has been ordered by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal to pay a former employee $150,000 after she sued the company for unjustly firing her after she suffered a nervous breakdown. The woman’s health deteriorated as her work increased. When she told the company she would be leaving indefinitely upon a doctor’s recommendation to relieve her stress, EA dismissed her with the offer of a lump sum severance payment. The Tribunal stated that EA did not attempt to accommodate the employee’s need for a leave of absence.
The money awarded in the case will cover injury to the worker’s dignity, feelings, and self-respect; health care costs; legal expenses; out-of-pocket expenses; lost value of stock options; and severance.
No appeal to the decision has been announced.